Services
Community Paediatrics Service
About Us


Our team consists of a number of different skilled and experienced practitioners, including Paediatric Community Doctors and Specialist nurses.

The Doctors and Specialist Nurses run community clinics, and undertake regular reviews for children and young people with a diagnosis of ADHD as recommended by NICE guidelines. These children and young people will also be reviewed by a doctor once a year. The nurses and a support worker will also undertake assessments to support families and Carers with the management of sleep and/or behaviour problems related to their medical diagnosis eg ADHD, Global Developmental Delay.

The clinical staff work closely with the wider members of the team involved in the assessment, diagnosis and support of each child, and also with other teams eg Speech and Language Therapists and CAMHS. Community Paediatricians provide clinical oversight of the service.

The nursing team may also provide strategies for families to implement at home. Where appropriate, they will liaise with other agencies who offer parenting support as well as supporting Health Visitors and School Nurses in relation to behaviour management.

The Community Paediatricians conduct a medical assessment for children and young people who are 'new into care' or 'looked after', and also where a child is to be adopted.  

The team also work closely with the Adult ADHD Team and support young people prescribed ADHD medication in their transition from childhood to adulthood. The nurses from both teams hold joint transition clinics from the age of 17.5 and the young person transfers to the adult service at 18years of age.   

The team also work closely with providers of other services in the borough (eg Education, Local Authority, charities and other health professionals)

The administration team support the doctors and nurses to organise the service and ensure it runs smoothly. If you ring our office our friendly admin team will do their best to help you.


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Senior Team Members

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Location

​Community Paediatrics Service
2nd Floor Court Building
Alexandra Business Park
Prescott Road
St Helens
WA10 3TP


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Contact Us

01744 45 7215


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Other Information

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Our team and their roles
Our team consists of a number of different skilled and experienced practitioners.

These include:

Community Consultant Paediatricians and Speciality Paediatricians (paediatric doctors) provide medical assessment and care for children and young people referred to the service, where the expertise of a doctor is required. They will liaise with other members of the team to support the coordination of care where appropriate.

The Community Paediatricians conduct a medical assessment for children and young people who are ‘new into care’ or ‘looked after’, and also where a child is to be adopted.   

Specialist Nurses who run nurse led ADHD diagnostic clinics, and undertake regular medication reviews for children and young people with a diagnosis of ADHD as recommended by NICE guidelines. These children and young people will also be reviewed by a doctor once a year. The nurses and a support worker will also undertake assessments to support families and carers with the management of sleep and/or behaviour  problems related to their medical diagnosis eg ADHD, Global Developmental Delay.

The administration team support the doctors and nurses to organise the service and ensure it runs smoothly. If you ring our office our friendly admin team will do their best to help you.




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Referrals

The Community Paediatric Service in St Helens accept referrals from:

  • GPs
  • Medical Consultants
  • Hospital clinicians
  • CAMHS professionals
  • Specialist Education Professionals (i.e. Educational Psychologists and SEN team and Safeguarding team in the Local Authority)
  • Specialist Nursing Professionals
  • Health Visitors
  • School Nurses
  • Therapists such as Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Health Therapists, Physiotherapists.

In order to request an assessment by the team please complete the referral form below:

Please ensure all information is included as incomplete forms may be returned due to missing information.

If you have any queries or need any help when making a referral please call us on 01744 457215 .

For Looked After Children's Initial Health Assessments, we can proceed with an assessment once we have received the appropriate British Adoption and Fostering information.

Please contact the service on 01744 45 7215 if you need further information about referring to our service.

Children will be referred into this service through a single point of access.

This means that all referrals will be reviewed by our clinical staff who will decide what needs to happen next. In the first instance, this will be assessment by a Community Paediatrician, or a Specialist Nurse if the referral is for ADHD only.

After this initial assessment, the young person or parent will be involved in deciding with the doctor or nurse carrying out the assessment, what needs to happen next.

It's really important to us that we listen to what children and young people have to say about their care.
Next steps:

  • The child may not need to be seen again, and will be discharged from our service
  • The child may be referred to the nursing team for support and advice
  • The child may need to see the doctor again
  • The child may need to be referred to Specialist Doctors in hospital
  • The child may be referred to other services such as Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Children's Continence Team
  • The family GP and Health Visitor or School Nurse will be informed about the outcome of your assessment, and if you have one, your family Social Worker





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How we help?

Our team provide specialist assessment and support for:

  • children with neurodevelopmental disorders
  • children with Down's Syndrome and similar conditions
  • children who require assessment for Autism Spectrum Conditions
  • children who require assessment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • children with Special Educational Needs
  • children and young people 'new into care' or looked after (LAC)

We work closely with families to understand your concerns, the information you already have, and the type of support that will work for children, young people and families.

We work closely with other professionals too, using information from yourself and other people and professionals who know your child.


 

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Where we work

Our office, which manages our referrals, is based at Alexandra Park St Helens however we deliver our services to children and young people in convenient and easy to access venues across St Helens including:

  • Lowe House Resource Centre
  • Special Schools
  • Millennium Centre (walk in centre 1st floor)

 Contact details

Community Paediatrics Service
2nd Floor Court Building
Alexandra Business Park
Prescot Road
St Helens
WA10 3TP

Telephone: 01744 45 7215



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Before your appointment

If your child has been referred to our team, you will be sent a letter asking you to contact us to arrange an appointment that is convenient.

It is important that you get in touch so we can offer your child an initial appointment.

Before you attend your assessment appointment, if there is something you need us to do to make reasonable adjustments for your child, please let us know.  We can also arrange a Health passport for the patient.
This will help our team fully understand your concerns and support us to make decisions with you, about your/ your child's care.




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What people say about us

We are always keen to hear feedback about our services, the feedback below was received from parents who attended the St Helens Community Paediatric Service.

"Really pleased with how we were dealt with today. The doctor was friendly and reassuring." 

"The doctor was very thorough and listened to our concerns, and gave his opinions about what he thought our child had"

"The nurses are very helpful and gave us lots of advice and information"



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Questions to ask

Questions I wish I had asked…or I would recommend asking.

This section of the site is about the questions you may want to ask at your appointment with us.

A group of our parents got together to share their ideas of questions that they would recommend asking or wished that they had asked at their appointment:

You are referring me to… (Eg OT/ Physio/ Orthoptist etc.) can you tell me a bit about what they will do and what their assessment would add to the information you collect

Can you explain about the test you will be using – what is it called, what is involved, what will it tell you?

Can you tell me what you mean by…?  Could you explain what xxxxxxx is?

What will happen if I don’t follow this advice? Or agree to the medication option?

I know there is a wait for an appointment. What can I do while I am waiting for an appointment? What information could I collect, or what could I read while I am waiting?

Where can I look for information that will help me understand or know what to do?

If my child is not diagnosed with a specific diagnosis, what are the next steps – how do we get support?

What do you expect me to do as a parent.  How can I best help my child?

What are the timescales for assessment.  Can you explain them?

Who is my point of contact – is there someone I can ring if I am worried or have a question?

I am feeling sad and worried about the future – is there any help available for me?



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Latest Update

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Patients are eligible for free NHS treatment at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching hospitals NHS Trust if they are: Ordinarily resident in the UK or: Overseas visitors, but entitled to free NHS services under the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations

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